The Meaning of Names,
by Karen Gettert Shoemaker
The Meaning of Names
by Karen Gettert Shoemaker is Nebraska’s choice for the 2016
One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program.
A Nebraska-set novel with a World War I backdrop, The Meaning of Names
follows a German-American woman trying to raise a family in the heartland and keep
them safe from the effects of war and the influenza panic, as well as from violence and prejudice.
One Book One Nebraska reading program
is entering its eleventh year. It encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and discuss one
book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a Nebraska theme or
setting. A committee of the Nebraska Center for the Book selected this
book from a list of twenty-seven titles nominated by Nebraskans from across the state.
The Nebraska Center for the Book board announced the choice
for the 2016 One Book One Nebraska at the Celebration of Nebraska Books
on November 14, 2015 in Lincoln.
Libraries across Nebraska will join other literary and cultural
organizations in planning book discussions, activities, and events that
will encourage Nebraskans to read and discuss this book. Support
materials to assist with local reading/discussion activities are
available at http://onebook.nebraska.gov/get-involved.aspx. Updates and activity listings
are posted on the One Book One Nebraska Facebook group at
One Book One Nebraska is sponsored by
Nebraska Center for the Book,
Nebraska Library Commission.
The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at and supported
by the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state's
readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers,
educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting
programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading,
and the written word.